Best Albums of 2015
selected by Will Balooni

Bomba Estéreo <BR>“Amanecer”

Bomba Estéreo

No way could this band and their new album “Amanecer” (Sunrise) make it out of any Colombian best of the year list.

Even though it does not provide any concept as a record and merely becomes an exercise of genres, it was successful in bringing the band back to stage with a few hits for this generation, the lovely “Somos Dos” and the “Burakish” “Fiesta”.

♪♫ Listen: “Somos Dos

Bomba Estéreo on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, www + beehype.

Ela Minus <BR>“First Words”

Ela Minus
“First Words”

The three-song debut EP from Colombian darling Ela Minus, “First Words” puts her in a well-deserved place both in the country and outside its borders.

With a magnetic combination of homemade beats, programing and her whimsical voice, she’s making bold first steps in a hopefully long path.

♪♫ Listen: “Kiddo

Ela Minus on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, www + beehype.

Elsa y Elmar <BR>“Rey”

Elsa y Elmar

The debut LP from brave newcomer Elsa y Elmar was the definite work she needed to move forwards and to make herself a name among her peers in the continent.

As if Natalia Lafourcade made an audacious and genreless record that felt both as an incredible debut and the consolidation of a great voice.

♪♫ Listen: “Decir Que No

Elsa y Elmar on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, www + beehype.

Kali Uchis <BR>“Por Vida”

Kali Uchis
“Por Vida”

When Kali Uchis hits with a love statement in her long awaited debut EP all we can do is let ourselves go through this free ride and fall in love with her again.

This short record does not contain the hit we’re all craving for, the definite single that puts her in the map and brings her mass attention, but we confirm she does deserve the buzz when every song continues spinning even a year after.

♪♫ Listen: “Ridin Round

Kali Uchis on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, www + beehype.

Meridian Brothers <BR>“Los Suicidas”

Meridian Brothers
“Los Suicidas”

The genius behind Meridian Brothers is a relentless producer that has been releasing records as a mother giving birth to a new and distinctive child every year.

This time around, “Los Suicidas” became their particular rendition to synths and rhythm. Few words for songs that stand alone thanks to their particular approach to danceable music like saying “let’s kill the beat this time, let’s get suicidal”.

♪♫ Listen: “Lágrima

Meridian Brothers on Facebook, Twitter, www.

Mr. Bleat <BR>“Los Lobos”

Mr. Bleat
“Los Lobos”

This band hailing from the beautiful Medellin made its come back in 2015 with a darker sound, just like they were channeling energies and influences from the exterior.

They bring the listener to an intense journey in a land inhabited by witches and wolves, and it’s a truly mesmerizing experience.

♪♫ Listen: “Los Lobos

Mr. Bleat on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter + beehype.

Omoh <BR>“St. Clara”

“St. Clara”

Omoh’s debut EP came out of nowhere and against all odds didn’t get that much attention from media and listeners, not enough to bring the people behind its production to a proper stage.

Even though their bold effort did get our attention thanks to its contrast, from the depth of songs like “It’s only you” and “Both” to the upbeat sound of “The Seer”. We now crave for a new installment in their quest for a “voice” and a place in the scene.

♪♫ Listen: “The Seer

Omoh on: Soundcloud, Bandcamp + beehype.

Romperayo <BR>“Romperayo”


Romperayo is the consolidation of the alien side of projects like Meridian Brothers, Los Pirañas and Frente Cumbiero. A band that emerges from the cold Bogotá, reimagining the tropical sounds of Colombia’s north coast.

Purists bit the dust left by dancers that follow the rythms crafted by these cachachos (people from the interior of the country) in their challenging debut LP.

Basically the same team that brought us the newest record by Los Pirañas, as stated before, this is a well-known movement that spreads its wings into a bright future (full of dancers).

♪♫ Listen: “Alegria Por Un Zumo De Naranja

Romperayo on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter.

Ságan <BR>“Cada Célula”

“Cada Célula”

This band took the scene by surprise in 2015. The duo, composed by singer Maria Mónica Gutierrez and producer Felipe Ortega seemingly came out of the blue with their debut single “Oceánico” which instead of searching for inspiration underwater goes to new dimensions and pictures their reach outer space.

Otherworldly and mischievous, Sagan’s debut as defined by the authors themselves is the quest for pop songs through high doses of experimental electronics.

♪♫ Listen: “Circulando

Ságan on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter + beehype.

Tei Shi <BR>“Verde”

Tei Shi

Tei Shi is half-Colombian and half-Argentinian, but she makes music from a universal spot. The producer released her second EP last year, a gem called “Verde”, a five piece album that finds her mixing and distorting her voice between echoes and well-crafted synths.

The whole exercise gave her a smash hit called “Basically” which is a great example of her skills and intentions.

♪♫ Listen: “Bassically

Tei Shi on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter, www + beehype.